With Mondo Kim's on St. Marks Place closing just after the shuttering of Kim's Mediapolis, and hope for the newly arriving Kim's on 1st Ave., readers have been writing in to tell me about Mr. Kim's startling public offer.
In posters on display at Mondo Kim's, he writes to say that, due to "rapidly declined" financial resources, he is seeking a sponsor to take on his entire collection of 55,000 films. The flyer goes on to say that he plans to close the rental department of his business and hopes to ensure that the collection will still be readily accessible to students and lovers of film.
Let's hope a local sponsor can be found. This is upsetting news to all those film lovers who find at Kim's what cannot be found in other video shops, nor at Netflix, namely obscure, odd, weird and hard-to-find movies about such things as biker chicks, zombies, and porn kittens from Mars. Where else are movies arranged according to categories like JUVENILE DELINQUENT?
So there's more to grieve in the loss of Mondo, along with those grimy, bestickered, poster-cluttered stairways. And we are left with the question of what will be going into the new Kim's space on 1st Ave. A salesperson at Mondo tells me the 1st Ave location will sell DVDs, CDs, and vinyl--but they will have no rentals.
With unmolested posters of Indiana Jones #4 and The Love Guru in the window of the new space, what kind of selection can we expect?
Mondo Kim's is said to close sometime in January. Before that happens, if you've got 3,000 square feet of space available to provide a home for these films, please drop an email to Mr. Kim at the address in the flyer below (click to enlarge):